Statement: Obama Administration Right to Connect Climate Change, National Security

Washington, D.C. – Today, the White House released a report on the national security implications of climate change – an issue on which the Truman National Security Project has worked for nearly a decade.

In response to the White House report, Truman Project Executive Director Michael Breen said:

“The U.S. military has long recognized the effects of climate change as “threat multipliers.” Droughts, famines, floods, and catastrophic storms destabilize regions of the world with weak infrastructure and fragile governments. Extremist groups take advantage of chaos to fill the voids of power.  Our military must stretch our resources thin to secure our vital interests around the globe.

That’s why the Department of Defense has been leading the way on investing in clean sources of energy and the innovative technological solutions that reduce emissions and enhance mission capability.

President Obama’s continued commitment to combating climate change will keep the United States on the right trajectory to strengthen our national security.”

The Truman National Security Project unites next-generation veteran, political, and policy leaders to develop and advance strong, smart, and principled solutions to America’s global challenges.

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